The aim of the CSH is to set up and expand the science of complex systems in Austria and to establish it as a basis to generate meaningful knowledge from large data sets. Researchers at CSH are to intellectually comprehend complex systems, grasp them mathematically and verify them quantitatively. Complex systems comprise not only all social, financial, socio-economic and living systems, but also relate to complex infrastructure, traffic, supply, public administration and communication.
Austrian project partners
The CSH is a joint initiative of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Medical University of Vienna, Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien).
The project partners contribute 200,000 euros per year each to the new centre – primarily in the form of two posts for scientific staff. Scientific staff are employed at their respective partner institutions to keep administration costs of the CSH down. On final completion, a maximum of 50 scientists should be working at the hub, which has moved into Palais Strozzi in Vienna’s Josefstadt district and is a neighbour of the Institute of Higher Studies (IHS).
Each partner institute broadly specifies the research field of their staff who are assigned to the hub. TU Graz is exploring the field of complexity research in Smart Production, TU Vienna is applying itself to the topic of Smart Cities, the MedUni Vienna to Big Data in Medicine, the Economics and Business University to Systemic Risk, and the AIT to Innovation process.
To expand the hub, the CSH hopes to gain public subsidies from funds from the Ministry for Infrastructure and 2m euros from the National Foundation for Research. These funds are meant to develop the visiting scientist programme so that researchers working at the hub can invite experts to Vienna to hold mini-workshops or individual scientists for a few weeks or months to collaborate on particular problems.